Billy S. Carico

January 6, 1934February 15, 2012

CARICO, Billy S. (Bull), Lt. Col. USAF Retired, age 78, died Wednesday evening, February 15, 2012 of Pulmonary Fibrosis. Billy was born in Kingsport, TN, and graduated from Dobyns Bennett High School. He joined the United States Air Force as an aviation cadet and graduated in 1955 as a 2nd Lieutenant jet fighter pilot. After an active duty tour, Bill returned to Knoxville and joined the newly formed Air National Guard, with McGhee Tyson Air Base, where he flew first line jet fighter planes and then air refueling tanker aircraft until retirement in 1983. After 29 years’ service, Bill was named flight commander and then operations officer of the 151st Fighter and Tanker Squadrons. He was activated for various duties during his service for missions to several different countries, including the 1961 active duty call-up to Germany during the “Berlin Crisis.” In the meantime, Bill attended the University of Tennessee and graduated as an Industrial Engineer. He was employed by the Aluminum Company of America where he served in the Engineering Department, Planning and Security Departments, and also in the Labor Relations Manager position. Bill retired from Alcoa in 1999, after 35 years of service. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Wiley and Violet Carico; brother, Ronald Carico, all of Kingsport. He is survived by his wife Thea Lynne Carico of Powell; brother, Douglas and wife, Wilma of Kingsport; three children, Tracy Carico Walker and husband, Steve, Shelley Carico Molen and husband, Mark; and son, Steve Carico, and wife, Pam, all of Maryville; step-children, Melinda McBride and Douglas Hunt and wife, Lisa all of Powell; sister, Beverly DeFord and husband, Austin, of Pigeon Forge, TN.; and brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Frances Ridley of Gainesville, FL. Also survived by grandchildren, Will, Molly and Ben Carico, Parker and Bradley Molen, Macie and Brady McBride, and Amanda and Daniel Hunt. Appreciation to the descendant’s family of former father and mother-in-law, Otis and Molly Helton. Also to Home Health Care and Hospice for excellent care. Service will be on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 3:00pm at Sherwood Chapel in Alcoa, TN, with Jamie Bauknight and Rev. Eldon Moore officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:00 am till 3:00 pm prior to the service. Entombment will follow at Sherwood Chapel and Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be made at:


  • Visitation Sunday, February 19, 2012
  • Funeral Service Sunday, February 19, 2012
  • Entombment Sunday, February 19, 2012

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November 11, 2012

Dear Bill,

This is Nov10,2012 so it hasn't been a year yet, but the children .and I miss you. We had a quiet Father's Day pray for you at Sherwood. We were thankful that you were with us so many years. Each of us left a flower near you, said a prayer, and cried.
You would be so proud of Steve. He's working on a govt. contract in Candy Bar, Afghanistan during construction for 90 days then home 30 until June 2013. Shelley is on leave from teaching and has started her own business "The Purple Lavender Turtle. Cleans. Declutters and designs homes. Tracy is thriving in her business and helps in Steve's office on Fridays. She continues to "shepherd" her family 'cause you left her as the Executie!!!!!
We miss you ,....
Our love forever..
Margie, Tracy, Shelley, Steve, Pam, Mark, Steve W. Will, Parker,Molly Grace, Ben, & Bradley

Erma K. Arrington

February 21, 2012

Doug and Wilma, as a former student at WCA, I wish to express my sorrow for the loss of your bother and bother-in-law. My prayers go with you, your sister-in-law and the rest of the close family members.
Erma Kyker Arrington

February 20, 2012

Will, Molly, Ben, Parker & Bradley ~
I'm thinking of you all during this sad time.
With Love,
Mrs. Tuck

February 20, 2012

I flew with bull as a boom operator for many years. To quote an overused term, he was always an officer and a gentleman. He will be missed.
Ralpjh D. Chambers

'Dianne Gruber

February 20, 2012

Tracy and Steve, may you find comfort in happy memories of your father.

Gina Hite

February 19, 2012

Billy will be greatly missed especially at Dollywood. I will miss taking his picture this year.He had a smile we will never forget.

Charlie Thomas

February 19, 2012

I met “Bull” when I joined the Tennessee Air Guard in 1970. I had the privilege of flying many years with him in the KC-97 and the KC-135. He was an excellent pilot and a great person to be around. He always had some great stories to tell about flying or people he had met through the years. The last time I saw him was at our Guard flight crew luncheon in 2010. He and Steve came and as always, he had some story to share with everyone. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this time.

Diane Whitsell

February 19, 2012

I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.

February 19, 2012

Tracy--Our sincere sympathy for your loss. Your father was a fine, honest, and very unfogetable human being. We feel your loss and you and yours will be in our prayers.
Pete and Irene Masley

February 19, 2012

Tracy, Shelley and Steve and families. We are sorry for your loss and pray for you today. Your Dad was our friend always and we take comfort that now he is well again and with God. Asher and Eleanor